Here are just five of the more interesting new powerboats due to be on display at the forthcoming Southampton Boat Show.
(1) Monte Carlo 5
Beneteau’s claim that the new Monte Carlo 5 is “on the verge of revolutionising the Luxury Flybridge Motor Cruiser segment” might be an exaggeration but this remains a must-see boat. It is designed to bring together the stylistic flair of the Italians with the boat-designing knowhow and industrial might of Beneteau. The result is a delicious looking 50-foot flybridge cruiser with a finely tapered, wave-cutting bow, pale wood interiors and a distinctly Mediterranean blend of curves and angles. I went to Mallorca to see this boat only to discover that it had been the victim of a mishap and was out of action. This time, I will not be missing out.
(2) Benelli B3R Sport
With a power-to-weight ratio of almost one horsepower per kilo, the 315hp Benelli B3R Sport is a dangerously tempting boat. Making its Southampton debut, it comes with plenty of race-ready features, like adjustable sponsons (to tweak the handling on a tight-turning course) and adjustable steering to help tailor the boat to your driving style. You also get a multifunctional dashboard, a ‘Dynamic Brake System’ to actively rein in your speed, reinforced bumpers built into the hull and a ‘Hydro Dynamic Nose’ with integrated splash deflectors to prevent excessive water ingress.
(3) Bavaria Sport 32
Though still more prolific in the world of sailing than powerboats, German builder, Bavaria, is a well established specialist in the design and production of sporting express cruisers. Here, the new four-berth, customisation-friendly Sport 32 replaces the popular 31. With ten models across six hull lengths from 28 to 42 feet, that will make it the second smallest Bavaria you can buy – but it will still be extremely well featured, with twin Volvo Penta D3-220 engines, a teak cockpit, canvas hoods, an extended bathing platform and a bow thruster.
(4) Chris-Craft Corsair 25
As the second smallest of the Corsair line, the updated 25 makes the most of its limited size with a symmetrical wraparound cockpit, a large sun pad above the engine hatch and a teak swim platform with a telescopic ski pole, pull-out shower and retractable ladder. The traditionally styled and coloured vinyl upholstery is very much in keeping with the classic theme, as are the stainless steel dash and sports car style helm seats. Capable of handling up to 420hp and accommodating ten passengers, it comes with plenty of options, for everything from the engine to the features and the finish, enabling you to customise your boat as you see fit. You can see this delectable 50-knot gentleman’s express on stand E071.
(5) Piranha Technohull P10
The prolific Piranha yard will be launching a couple of new boats at the show – an Italian-built three-metre tender and a more substantial, commercial quality Polish-built RIB known as the Technohull P10. Designed on the basis of a Ballistic hull, it has been extended and modified with the intention of making it “one of the driest, fastest and best handling Rigid Inflatables on the market”. The testing ground for the new boat could hardly have been tougher. It has just completed the gruelling, oceanic 1,000-mile Round Ireland Course (see Envy of Round Ireland Powerboat and RIB Challenge Competitors) as a safety and support boat alongside the Challenge craft.
Interested in sailing yachts at the Southampton Boat Show? See 5 Must See Yachts at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.